Cría cuervos... DVD

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A classic of Spanish cinema, this atmospheric and haunting look at childhood from 1976 is one of those movies that stays with you for a long time.

From the publisher: Carlos Saura’s exquisite Cría cuervos . . . heralded a turning point in Spain: shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family (the title derives from the Spanish proverb: “Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes”). Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows.

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Portrait of Carlos Saura, a documentary on the life and career of the Spanish auteur
  • New interviews with actresses Geraldine Chaplin and Ana Torrent
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith